Friday, May 07, 2010

Thoughts on Windows 7

So why is Windows 7 so much better received than Vista? My guess is simply that it is backwards compatible with Vista, and the pain of the transition was already taken out on Vista. If Windows 7 came first I think it would have had the same problems.

(BTW, what is the 7 in Windows 7? 7 from what? If Windows 95 was 4, then 98 was 5, ME 6 and XP 7. If NT was 4.0, then 2000 was 5, XP 6 and Vista 7. Why 7? Wikipedia says that 2000 was 5 and XP was 5.1, so Vista was only 6, but then Windows 7 is really only 6.1. I remember when Microsoft justified its moving away from version numbers with Windows 95 by saying everyone was confused by them.)

Need a new Job

It is almost impossible to imagine that a profitable company functions this way, but courtesy of the blog Statically Typed by wheaties we have one horror story after another. Just wow. And he tags it Mea Culpa!

I think the most unbelievable part of the story is the part about how subversion hiccuped on them and they therefore threw out version control (!!!). Of course the naming convention on the file system isn't going to do much good if that hard drive crashes. Do these people even know what backups are???

Whatever it is, I want to know where he works so I can be sure to never, ever buy any of their products.